Rochester researchers pursue quick ways to detect COVID-19—and better understand it

Apr. 22, 2020
University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster
University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster

As researchers around the world race to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, three scientists at the University of Rochester are rapidly adapting previous research to develop tests to detect the fast-spreading disease.

The coronavirus research projects of Martin Zand, senior associate dean for clinical research and co-director of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute at the University of Rochester Medical Center; Benjamin Miller, a professor of dermatology and biomedical engineering; and James McGrath, a professor of biomedical engineering, show how the close proximity of the University’s Medical Center to its River Campus enhance opportunities for Rochester engineers and medical researchers to collaborate closely with clinicians.

All three say their tests could not only help detect COVID-19 in individuals, but also improve understanding of the mechanism by which the disease damages human tissue. The result may lead to new treatments and vaccines.

Read about their research in the UR Newscenter >